Karl F. Herzfeld
1931 Mendel Medal Recipient

Dr. Karl F. Herzfeld, Professor of Physics at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, because of his achievements in the furthering of scientific knowledge, was awarded in 1931, the Mendel Medal of Villanova College.

The Mendel Medal Bulletin. Villanova College, Villanova, Pennsylvania, IV:II (1932).

Herzfeld, Karl Ferdinand, physicist; born in Vienna, Austria February 24, 1892; son of Charles August (M.D.) and Camilla (Herzog) Herzfeld; Student Schottes Gymnasium, Vienna, 1902-1910, University of Vienna, 1910-1912, University of Zurich, 1912-1913, University of Gottingen, 1913-1914; Ph.D., University of Vienna, 1914; D.Sc. honoris causa, Loyola College, Baltimore, 1932, Marquette University, 1933; D.Sc. University of Maryland, 1956, Manhattan College, 1959; hon. degrees Fordham University, 1960, Institute of Technology Stuttgart, 1962, Catholic University of America, 1963, University of Notre Dame, 1965, Providence College, 1965; married Regina Flannery, 1938. Privat-docent University of Munich, 1920, a.o. professor, 1923; Speyer guest professor, Johns Hopkins, 1926, professor of physics, 1926-1936, professor emeritus, 1968-1978. Served as 1st lieutenant Austrian Army, 1914-1918. Recipient Mendel Medal, 1931; Secchi medal Georgetown University, 1938; Certificate of Exceptional Service to Navy Ordnance Development, 1946; Cardinal Gibbons medal, 1960; USN Meritorious Public Service award, 1964; Papal Bene Merenti medal, 1965. Fellow American Physics Society, A.A.A.S., Acoustical Society of America; member Washington Academy of Science, Washington Philosophical Society, German Physics Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Gamma Alpha. K.C. Author: Kinetische Theorie der Waerme, 1925; Absorption and Dispersion of Ultrasonic Waves (with T.A. Litovitz), 1959. Home: Washington, D.C. Died June 3, 1978; interred Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Who Was Who in America. Volume VII, 1977-1981. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1981, p.270.